Full-Body Workouts for Summer
Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to lose those layers and get your summer bod back in action. Working out is a great way to not only look good, but feel good. We have come up with 7 workouts for your best summer yet. These will help you stay active during the summer months. Remember it is more important than ever to stay hydrated during the upcoming season. While these workouts are simple and flexible, they will give you a starting point to achieve your summer body goal.
Whether your on the couch watching tv or sitting in the office, you can pretty much plank anywhere. Planking is great for strengthening your entire core, and is more effective than sit-ups. Planking is also great to improve your posture, flexibility, and balance. A good time to plank is anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds. Don’t worry if you can only do 15 seconds, take a break and do another rep, it will only help you.
Squats are a quick and easy way to get a little bubble on your back side. You can squat while in the shower, brushing your teeth, or even while watching your favorite TV show. Squats directly work the hips and hamstrings as well as your glutes. Another great plus when it comes to squatting is that it improves blood circulation and reduces cellulite. Bring on the swim suits!
Lunges are similar to squats but with lunges you are not only strengthening your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings, but you are also teaching your body better balance and stabilization. It is important with lunges to be careful of your knees, and you don’t hurt yourself. Also try holding small weights while you lunge to add some arm strength, or do a twist lunch to engage your core. The great time about lunging is all the upper body you can add to it!
The best thing about a Burpee, is its a full body workout. Combining push-ups and a explosive squat jump, this work out hits every muscle group including arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and your core muscles. Burpees are a great between exercise. For example, do some burpees between two different sets. Burpees are also great to do at home, make a game out of it! Every time a car commercial comes on, do a burpee. Every time your kid asks you what’s for dinner, do a burpee. It is a simple move that will help your entire body and get your heart rate up.
5. Take a Class
Sometimes working out with other people can be more motivation and even bring some fun to your work out. We offer a FIIT Nation Group Training class which are offered Monday through Saturday where you can burn up to 1,000 calories. These high intensity workouts are fun because you can do it with all your friends, and our trainers are amazing at helping you throughout the difficult ones. Check out the class schedule here.
6. Jump Ropes
Jump ropes give you a productive work out without the bulky equipment. Jump roping is a fun way to exercise and can increase the elasticity and resiliency of lower-leg muscles, leading to a reduced risk of lower-leg injuries. Put on one of your favorite songs and jump away. You can even be creative and try going faster or jump roping on one foot.
7. Go for a Run, Make it Fun
Running is a great way to exercise and raise your heart rate. Not only is running good for losing weight, it actually prevents diseases by lowering the risk of a stroke and heart attacks. Take a run with your friend, dog, or kids to motivate you.
Utilizing any of these 7 workouts, can give you a summer body you not only feel comfortable in but are proud to show off. Summer is also a perfect time to join a gym! Bring a friend and get ready to make the summer yours. If you are interested in signing up for a membership and the FIIT Nation class, give your local fit republic a call or fill out a contact form!